All Saint’s & All Soul’s Day


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Due to the evening Mass, Eucharistic Adoration will close by 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel!


The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed


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What All Soul’s Day is About

This day is based on the theology that the soul’s of the deceased who have not perfectly been cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past transgressions, are not able to enter Heaven yet until they have made atonement, and that the faithful on earth can help them by prayers, almsdeeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass.

“In the early days of Christianity the names of the departed brethren were entered in the diptychs. Later, in the sixth century, it was customary in Benedictine monasteries to hold a commemoration of the deceased members at Whitsuntide. In Spain there was such a day on Saturday before Sexagesima or before Pentecost, at the time of St. Isidore (d. 636). In Germany there existed (according to the testimony of Widukind, Abbot of Corvey, c. 980) a time-honoured ceremony of praying to the dead on 1 October. This was accepted and sanctified by the Church. St. Odilo of Cluny (d. 1048) ordered the commemoration of all the faithful departed to be held annually in the monasteries of his congregation. Thence it spread among the other congregations of the Benedictines and among the Carthusians.

Of the dioceses, Liège was the first to adopt it under Bishop Notger (d. 1008). It is then found in the martyrology of St. Protadius of Besançon (1053-66). Bishop Otricus (1120-25) introduced it into Milan for the 15 October. In Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, priests on this day say three Masses. A similar concession for the entire world was asked of Pope Leo XIII. He would not grant the favour but ordered a special Requiem on Sunday, 30 September 1888″ ” (Merchman, Catholic Encyclopedia).

How We’re Celebrating this Feast Day at SJN

Did you know it is a corporal work of mercy to bury the dead and pray for them? Do you have a loved one you would like to offer up in prayer in the Mass? Then join us for our All Soul’s Day Masses on Thursday, November 2 at 8:45 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We’ll have special readings and music. You may also take an All Soul’s Mass Intention Envelope, fill it out with your loved one’s name and optional donation, and then return it to the parish Secretary Melissa Casanova. They will be included in the Mass intention for the day and displayed next to the altar. They will be available for pick-up on Saturday, September 30. If received by Tue., Oct. 17, their names will be included in the Bulletin for November 3-4. Envelopes received after the 17 will only be included in the Mass Intentions for the day.

You may place the names of your loved ones in our prayer book for the dead in the Catafalque, near the Infant of Prague. Moreover, you may bring an 8 x 10 or smaller, framed photo with kickstand and place it on our table display also in the Catafalque.  Please remove your pictures by Sunday, Nov. 5. Any leftover pictures will be placed in the Lost & Found drawer with our Secretary Melissa Casanova. While your picture should be safe, we will not be responsible for lost photos. 


Prayer and Scripture Resources for Death

United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Resources

Prayers for the Dead

In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them eternal rest.

The old order has passed away:
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.
R/. Amen.

(Prayers for Death and Grieving from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, © 2007, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC.)

“Eternal Father, I offer thee the most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today for all the Holy Souls in purgatory. Amen.”

-St. Gertude

Merciful Father, hear our prayers and console us. As we renew our faith in your Son, whom you raised from the dead, strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters will share in his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

– Amen.

Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord, and, as our faith in your Son, raised from the dead, is deepened, so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants also find new strength. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

– Amen.

God of faithfulness, in your wisdom you have called your servant (Name) out of this world; release him/her from the bonds of sin, and welcome him/her into your presence, so that he/she may enjoy eternal light and peace and be raised up in glory with all your saints. We ask this through Chirst our Lord. 


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